The PhD program seeks to develop a deep understanding of the state-of-the-art in a civil engineering field and an ability to conceive, execute, and communicate creative work. It strives for mastery of fundamental analytical, mathematical modeling, experimental, and design tools for careers in advanced design, research, and teaching.
Civil engineering is centrally responsible for meeting the following needs of our region, state, and nation: Environmental quality, Hazard Mitigation, Sustainability, and Infrastructure Renewal. Environmental civil engineers are responsible for the quality of our surface waters, the purification of our wastewater, and the quality of our potable water supplies. Civil engineers mitigate hazards from events such as strong winds, earthquakes, and floods. Civil engineers are responsible for providing sustainable infrastructure in transportation, power, and industrial facilities. The PhD program provides the most highly-skilled individuals possible to continue innovation and assure the reliability and sustainability of our infrastructure systems.
Students admitted to our Ph.D. graduate program typically have a B.S. or M.S. in civil engineering or environmental engineering. Undergraduate course grades should average higher than 3.0. In previous graduate studies, course grades should be at least a B. The Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) score should be at least 1050 for the total in Quantitative and Verbal sections. International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and earn a minimum score of 550 if paper based, 213 if computer based, or 80 if internet based. The IELTS is also acceptable; the minimum score is 6.5. Another alternative is completion of ELS intensive level 112 with a grade of B or better. International applicants may not be admitted to full standing without supplying proof of English proficiency.
Students graduated with PhD degree from Civil Engineering Department will work as faculty members at other universities, as researchers at government or private research laboratories, or as consulting engineers at top engineering firms in U.S. or foreign countries.